Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate

No matter what you do to improve your life, some people are going to always try to drag you back down.

Talk about starting a business? You’ll hear that 75% of businesses fail in the first year. Or three years. Or it’s actually 90% in the first week. Or whatever.

Talk about running a marathon? Why would you want to do that? You’re crazy!

Talk about doing triathlon? Actually, they’re right and you’re crazy and probably need to talk to a therapist.

Talk about losing weight? People will be surprisingly supportive, until it starts to happen.

The way I see it, there are generally two main responses that people have when someone that they know starts improving themselves. One is that they might use it as inspiration to improve their own lives. The second is that they will see it as reflecting on their own inadequacies and will try to convince you it is a bad idea, that you’re going to fail, that you are going to get cancer and kittens are going to die and the sky is falling oh my god!

And the voices of the second people probably sound pretty familiar. Don’t reach, don’t try, don’t improve yourself because you might fail. They sound familiar because everyone has that little voice inside themselves saying the same thing.

That voice is probably a good thing. It’s probably the kind of thing that stopped our ancestors on the savannah from running out in front of a sabre toothed tiger that was waiting for someone to be stupid and go to the watering hole while it was hanging out there. Caution is good for the individual and good for the race as a whole.

But remember what we said about habits? If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got. And if mediocrity is fine with you, then right on, keep at it. Or try, face some sort of setback, give up, and quit trying. The people around you, the ones who don’t really care about you, they will thank you for it. Because you’re not being an example of what can happen if you succeed. If you persevere.

Because unlike starting a business or an empire, fat loss and improving your body are completely under your control, and no one else’s. If you are fat and lazy, you have no one to blame but yourself. This is true for everyone.

And if you become less fat and less lazy, you are showing up everyone who doesn’t. Who hasn’t decided that it is important enough. Those people will hate you a little bit.

Anyone who says “I just can’t lose weight” (other than people with an actual medical condition, go see a doctor, we are not doctors) was either trying some absolutely retarded shortcut plan, or just gave up because it was a little uncomfortable. The payoff wasn’t worth the work for them.

Is it worth it for you?

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